FMs Gabriel, Crnadak meet in Berlin: Germany strongly supports European perspective of BiH

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BiH Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Crnadak met with German Foreign Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin on Thursday. The officials discussed European integration of BiH and the region, internal affairs and pre-election developments with emphasis on talks on changes to the Election Law of BiH.

According to a press statement issued by BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FM Crnadak and his German counterpart agreed that relations of BiH and Germany are good and without open issues. BiH representative assessed the meeting as very important, since it comes after the last week's submission of answers to the European Commission's Questionnaire and BiH's entering a new stage in process of European integration. In this stage, Crnadak stressed, it is necessary to have support of friendly countries. He recalled that Germany recognized the importance of European perspective of the region and it undoubtedly supported progress of BiH and the whole region. He added that further progress on European road of BiH will depend on improvement of atmosphere and relations within BIH, especially on activities regarding the enhancement of the rule of law and fight against corruption, which the EU Strategy for the Western Balkans emphasized as priority. Crnadak also emphasized the commitment of BiH for further strengthening of regional cooperation within the Berlin Process and the WB6 as well as continuation of activities aimed at improvement of political dialogue, regional cooperation and good neighborhood policy.

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FM Gabriel welcomed delivery of answers to the Questionnaire, emphasizing that, according to the new EU's Strategy, the whole region has a chance to make progress and to use the momentum of European integration process. He also pointed out that Germany strongly supports European perspective of BiH and will continue actively supporting its reform road and transformation into a democratic state with the rule of law. He deems that BiH's perspective for the EU must be real and tangible, and that the EU and its member state must strongly engage for that purpose in overcoming of obstacles and interests that are slowing the reforms down.